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The Evergreen State College (Mediaworks & SOS media)

The Evergreen State College is a progressive, public liberal arts and sciences college located in Olympia, Washington, in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

What does it mean to make moving images in the information age? How do we critically engage the traditions of media practices while pushing beyond established forms? What responsibilities do media artists and producers have to their subjects and audiences? In Mediaworks, students will engage with these and other questions as they gain skills in film/video history, theory, critical analysis and media production.

We will explore a variety of media modes and communication strategies including animation, documentary and experimental film/video, emphasizing the materiality and specific artistic properties of film, digital video and other sound and moving image media, as well as the various strategies artists and media producers have employed to challenge traditional or mainstream media forms. Our emphasis will be on experimental and/or alternative conceptual approaches to production that include nonfiction, autobiography, audio-visual essays, and strategies of image and sound production using digital video, film and sound in live-action and animation. Students will also have opportunities to extend their media experiments into performance and installation modes.

In fall and winter quarters, students will acquire critical and technical skills as they work collaboratively to explore different ways to design moving image works, execute experiments in image-making and sound and "read" films and video tapes. Students will strengthen critical and conceptual skills as they learn to analyze visual material and negotiate the politics of representation through readings in media criticism, film theory and history, seminars, research and critical writing. Students will integrate this theoretical material into their production practices as they develop skills in drawing, animation, cinematography, film and digital video, audio and post-production techniques. Artist statements and project proposals will be developed in preparation for individual or collaborative projects that will be produced in the spring. Throughout the year, students will participate in regular critique sessions, another form of collaboration, through which we help each other evaluate and improve our work.

School name:The Evergreen State CollegeMediaworks & SOS media
Address:2700 Evergreen Parkway NW
Zip & city:WA 98505 Washington
Phone:(360) 867-6000

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